Pacific Baroque Orchestra

The Pacific Baroque Orchestra (PBO) is recognized as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative ensembles performing “early music for modern ears”. PBO brings the music of the past up to date by performing with cutting edge style and enthusiasm. Formed in 1990, the orchestra quickly established itself as a force in Vancouver’s burgeoning music scene with the ongoing support of Early Music Vancouver.




From Music for the Royal Fireworks, a collaboration with Early Music Vancouver at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, April 2016

From Music for the Royal Fireworks, a collaboration with Early Music Vancouver at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, April 2016


A note from our music director:

Welcome to the Pacific Baroque Orchestra's 2016-17 season! We have a great year ahead, filled with thrilling repertoire, internationally-renowned guest soloists, inspiring organizational co-operations, and more educational programming than ever. I encourage you to subscribe soon and enjoy a 25% discount when you purchase four concerts or more!

To start off this season, we will participate in the 2016 Vancouver Jazz Festival for a June 30 performance entitled Common Grounds. Produced in collaboration with Coastal Jazz and VIM house, this innovative project will pair us with the Alan Matheson Septet for an exploration of improvisational techniques common to Jazz and early Baroque music. Later this summer, we will also participate in Early Music Vancouver's 2016 Vancouver Bach Festival for J.S Bach's Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince. This, rarely performed, original version of the Suites will feature American oboe soloist Gonzalo Ruiz and guest director Monica Huggett.

We will usher in the fall with international star soprano, Amanda Forsythe, exploring the virtuosic music of Handel and his Rivals with a focus on arias originally written for 18th-century diva Francesca Cuzzoni. 

Then, just before Christmas, we look forward to a 5 concert Northwest tour of Bach's immortal Magnificat in D major and his cantata 140 - Wachet auf that will culminate in a Vancouver performance at the Chan Centre. 

Finally, next February, in time for Black-History-month, we will tour Le Mozart Noir to Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, with a programme including compositions by Le Chevalier Saint-Georges, Mozart, Haydn, and Gossec, performed by a large-scale classical orchestra, featuring soloist Monica Huggett. The Vancouver performance will include a pre-concert screening of a documentary on the life of St.Georges featuring Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

In addition to this fabulous collection of concerts, continuing our Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme with UBC , and our expanding our collaboration with Douglas College, PBO will embark on two new partnerships in 2016-17. The first is our collaboration with Coastal Jazz in June 2016 and the second, in January of 2017, sees us join the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival for a concert of contemporary compositions for period instruments in New Music for Old Instruments. These are both wonderful opportunities to demonstrate the many connections and partnerships we plan to nurture with other vital arts organizations in the Lower Mainland over the coming years. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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